Senior Food Storage Scientist (SOG/ST 7) – Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division – Microbiology Unit Healthcare

Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries

Job Purpose


Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Food Storage Officer (SOG/ST 8), the Senior Food Storage Scientist (SOG/ST 7) manages all operations of the Microbiology Unit in ensuring smooth and efficient operations of the Unit in carrying out Laboratory Analysis and related research.



Key Responsibilities



         Reviews and edits, as necessary, the Units Standard Operating Procedures Manual;

         Prepares the Units Annual Budget and Operational Plan;

         Interacts with Government Agencies on Position Papers and policies;

         Prepares/reviews the Units Monthly, Quarterly, Annual and Technical Reports;

         Participates in seminars, workshops, conferences and other events;

         Represents the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division (FSPID) on external

Technical Committees.



     Conducts In-House Training Programmes for new Inspectors, Food Storage Scientist and Assistant Food Storage Scientists;

         Conducts research as necessary;

         Prepares Scientific Papers;

         Liaises with the FSPIDs Inspectorate and Disinfestation Unit to keep informed of the

challenges they are experiencing in order to assist with providing solutions;

         Liaises with Consultants and provides information;

         Prepares project profiles and implements projects.


Human Resource Management:

         Monitors  and  evaluates  the  performance  of  Direct  Reports,  prepares  Performance

Appraisals  and  recommends  and/or  initiates  corrective  action,  where  necessary,  to improve performance and/or attain established personal and/or organizational goals;

     Participates  in  the  recruitment  of  staff  for  the  Unit  and  recommends  transfers, promotions, termination and leave in accordance with the established Human Resource

policies and procedures;

     Provides  leadership  and  guidance  to  Direct  Reports  through  effective  planning, delegation, communication, training, mentoring and coaching;

     Ensures the welfare and developmental needs of the Units staff are clearly identified and addressed;

         Establishes  and  maintains  a  system  that  fosters  a  culture  of  teamwork,  employee

empowerment and commitment to the Units/Division’s and the Organizations goals;



         Performs any other related duties which may be assigned from time to time.



Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies



         Good leadership and interpersonal skills

         Good oral and written communication skills

         Good management of the client interface

         Excellent ability to think analytically

         Sound professional conduct

         Sound judgment and integrity

         Excellent compliance to organizational policies

         Ability to plan and organize

         Excellent people management skills

         Methodical



         Competence in identifying pathogenic micro-organisms in food

         Ability to isolate and identify food spoilage moulds

         Competence in using compound microscope to identify micro-organism morphology

         Proficient in using relevant computer software

         Ability to write research papers and think analytically

         Sound knowledge of the FSPI Act and Regulations

         Sound knowledge of the operations of Government

         Sound knowledge of the ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 9001 Standards

     Sound knowledge of best practices with respect to preventing microbial contamination of food



Minimum Required Qualification and Experience


         Master of Science Degree in Microbiology/Food Microbiology, or related discipline;

         Diploma in Management Studies/Public Administration/Supervisory Management;

         Three (3) years’ experience in a Microbiology Laboratory environment;

         Training in HACCP would be an asset;


         Bachelor of Science Degree in the Natural Sciences, specializing in Microbiology;

         Diploma in Management Studies/Public Administration/Supervisory Management;

         Seven (7) years’ experience in a Microbiology Laboratory environment;

         Training in HACCP would be an asset.



Special Conditions Associated with the Job


         Will work with potentially hazardous chemicals;

         Will be required to spend time in the field;

         May be required to work long hours and on weekends;

         May be required to travel locally and overseas.

 Applications  accompanied  by  résumés  should  be  submitted   no  later  than  Thursday12th December, 2019 to:


Senior Director

Human Resource Management and Development Division

Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries

Hope Gardens

Kingston 6





Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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Job Details

  • Location: Kingston

  • Sector: Public Sector

  • Category: Healthcare

  • Posted On: Nov 30, 2019

  • Deadline: Dec 12, 2019

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